Climbing to the top

20th June 2008 at 01:00
Topics on mountains provide great opportunities to get pupils learning outside the classroom
Topics on mountains provide great opportunities to get pupils learning outside the classroom. But a trip to the Andes is costly so why not bring the mountain to them?

Use two 50-metre climbing ropes and lay them across the school field. Set up a series of physical team activities - these can be anything that involves working together - leave signs with base camp, second base camp and so on, giving the idea of climbing a mountain. Split pupils into teams and talk about working as a team.

Make sure that when they are walking along the rope they always hold it in two hands. Get them to form a circle each time they get to a base. Along the way, stop and talk about what the weather conditions and climate may be like.

This lesson stimulated questions about mountains and provided a good level of physical activity without the cost or long plane journey.

Martin Van Hecke is a Year 6 teacher at Higher Lane Primary School in Bury, Manchester.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now